January 6th, 2014 | MATTHEW KORFHAGE Arts & Books | Posted In: Books

Oregon Book Award Finalists Announced

Ursula K. Le Guin, Mary Szybist, Joe Sacco and Craig Thompson among nominees.

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The finalists for the 27th annual Oregon Book Awards have just been announced, and it's looking like the highest profile competition may be in the poetry section this year. The full list of nominees is at the bottom of this post. 

The fiction competition contains a mix of authors tough to put in the same category. The collected short fiction of esteemed science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the Earthsea cycle, is pitted against a best-selling crime novel called Ghostman by debut novelist Roger Hobbs; The Orchardist, a literary-historical debut by Amanda Coplin; and Eight Girls Taking Pictures, the new book from novelist Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt. 

In the poetry category, Mary Szybist, of course, has just won a National Book Award for her book, Incarnadine. In other years this would make her a shoo-in for the award, but Lents native Matthew Dickman has become almost a Portland mascot in poetry, regularly at play in the fields of the New Yorker; his book Mayakovksy's Revolver is also in contention.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Portland's reputation in the arena, the graphic novel category is likewise a bit interesting. Famed graphic journalist Joe Sacco is up with his book, Journalism. Meanwhile, journalist Steve Duin and Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler made a graphic novel together about the Gulf oil spill called Oil and Water. But the virtuosic, 670-page work Habibi, by Craig Thompson (Blankets), first published in 2011, was also apparently able to slip into the 2014 competition. 

In the children's section, six-time winner Graham Salisbury will compete for a seventh Oregon Book Award with his book Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous. Previous nominee Paul Collins is up in nonfiction for Duel with the Devil, a book about how Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr teamed up to fight crime.

The Oregon Book Awards ceremony will take place March 17, at the Gerding Theater.


Full list of finalists below:

2014 OREGON BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS

  

KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION

Judge: Alan Cheuse

 

Ursula K. Le Guin of Portland, The Unreal and The Real: Collected Stories: Volume 1 and 2 (Small Beer Press)

Whitney Otto of Portland, Eight Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner)

Amanda Coplin of Portland, The Orchardist (Harper Perennial)

Roger Hobbs of Portland, Ghostman (Knopf)

  

STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY

Judge: Kwame Dawes

 

Jennifer Boyden of Milton-Freewater, The Declarable Future (University of Wisconsin Press)

Matthew Dickman of Portland, Mayakovsky¹s Revolver (Norton)

Andrea Hollander of Portland, Landscape with Female Figure: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2012 (Autumn House Press)

Ralph Salisbury of Eugene, Like the Sun in Storm (The Habits of Rainy Nights Press)

Mary Szybist of Portland, Incarnadine (Graywolf)

 

 

FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

Judge: Amanda Vail

 

C. B. Bernard of Portland, Chasing Alaska (Lyons Press)

William J. Bernstein of Portland, Masters of the Word (Grove Press)

Paul Collins of Portland, Duel with the Devil (Crown Publishers)

R. Gregory Nokes of West Linn, Breaking Chains (OSU Press)    

Martin N. Raitiere of Portland, The Complicity of Friends (Bucknell University Press)

 

  

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION

Judge: Ander Monson

 

Jay Ponteri of Portland, Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books)

Scott Nadelson of Salem, The Next Scott Nadelson (Hawthorne Books)

Elena Passarello of Corvallis, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande Books)

Kim Stafford of Portland, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do

(Trinity University Press) 

Sandra Stone of Portland, The Inmost House (Prospect Cove Press)

 

 

ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Judge: Anita Silvey

 

Scott William Carter of Salem, Wooden Bones (Simon & Schuster)

Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Knit Your Bit (G.P. Putnam)

Barbara Kerley of Portland, The World Is Waiting for You (National Geographic)

Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego, Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous (Wendy Lamb Books)

Allen Say of Portland, The Favorite Daughter (Arthur A. Levine)

 

 

LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

Judge: Benjamin Saenz

 

Kari Luna of Portland, The Theory of Everything (Philomel Books)

Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed and Tucker Reed of Jacksonville, Amber House (Arthur A. Levine)

Rosanne Parry of Portland, Written in Stone  (Random House)

  

PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART GRAPHIC LITERATURE AWARD 

Judge: Jesse Karp

 

Barry Deutsch of Portland, Hereville: How Mirtka Met a Meteorite (Amulet Books)

Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler of Portland, Oil and Water (Fantagraphics Books)

Natalie Nourigat of Portland, Between Gears (Image Comics)

Joe Sacco of Portland, Journalism (Metropolitan Books)

Craig Thompson of Portland, Habibi (Pantheon)

 

SPECIAL AWARDS: In addition to recognizing the finest achievements of Oregon authors in several genres, Literary Arts recognizes individual contributions with the C.E.S. Wood Award, the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, and the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award.     

 

The C.E.S. Wood Distinguished Writer Award

Vern Rutsala of Portland

 

The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award

Vince and Patty Wixon of Ashland

 

The Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award

Ellen Fader of Portland

 

  

2014 OREGON LITERARY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS    

 

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowships to writers and to publishers. The judges named eight writers and two publishers to receive grants of $2500.   


WRITERS

 

Poetry  

Toni Hanner of Eugene, The Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship

Armin Tolentino of Portland, The C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship

 

Fiction

Robert Arellano of Talent, The Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship

Sarah Marshall of Portland, Women Writer's Fellowship

 

Literary Nonfiction

Kristy Athens of Enterprise

Alena Nevarte Nahabedian of Portland, The Walt Morey Fellowship


Drama

Stephanie Golisch of Portland  

 

Young Readers Literature 

Anjie Seewer Reynolds of Ashland, The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature

 
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